Learn More about Waterjet Cutting.
Due to technological advancement, there are also advancements in the cutting industry with better cutting systems. The latest technology in cutting is known as waterjet cutting that uses high-pressure water stream where a narrow line is eroded in the stock material. To help cut a variety of materials like titanium, steel, and foam, an abrasive is usually added.
Since the abrasive is added at the nozzle, you can be able to switch between water-only cutting and abrasive waterjet cutting. Due to such flexibility, there is so much versatility with waterjet machines. Again the technology utilized in these water jet cutting systems, different shapes can be cut faster and accurately. Even for inexperienced operators, they can make accurate cuts.
Waterjet systems use a computer program to guide the cutting process. The high speed of thin water stream cuts the material faster. Since the stream of water is so small, only small material is wasted. This result is reduced cost for both the machine shop, as well as the customer. Other benefits of waterjet cutting include the following.
1. Almost any material could be cut.
When an abrasive is added in waterjet cutting, any material can be cut. For instance, it can be used to cut tool steels, stainless steel, carbon steels, copper, titanium, granite, ceramics, and wood among others. This is unlike some traditional cutting systems that are just restricted to a few materials.
2. No heat zones.
There are no heat zones in waterjet cutting unlike other cutting methods such as laser and plasma that can cause heat damage. Because of this, it is possible to cut different materials like metals and plastics without distorting, melting or warping them. In case of any heat, it is absorbed by water that is then returned to the tank. The only point where temperatures go high is when a thick metal part is pierced. Otherwise, rest will be at room temperature.
3. Complex shapes are possible.
This is a huge advantage of waterjet cutting. Almost any shape can be cut. Through this method, you can pierce holes, cut sharp corners, bevels, and minimal inner radii. The cutting time is also minimized since tabbing, stacking, and nesting help in optimizing the material.
4. Friendly to the environment.
The cutting process with a waterjet is usually clean and does not result in chips, grindings, or hazardous gases. There is also no need for emulsions and oil during cutting. When pure water is used, materials such as textiles, food products, and elastomers can be cut by a waterjet machine.